Mobile devices are indispensable. Smartphones, tablets, and other mobile gadgets play a big part in everyday processes, especially for individuals and companies that value connection and convenience. But as the number of mobile devices used in business operations increases, so do the cyberthreats that target them. Follow the steps outlined below to safeguard company mobile devices.
Ensure mobile OS is up to date
Updates to Apple and Android operating systems (OS) improve overall user experiences, but more importantly they fix security vulnerabilities. Reduce business exposure to threats by installing updates for all devices as soon as they become available, as any delay gives cybercriminals time to exploit vulnerabilities.
Install business applications only
Downloading mobile apps usually seems harmless. However, lenient policies on what should and should not be downloaded on company mobile devices could lead to the installation of non-business-related apps, many of which are notorious for malicious advertising codes and other threats. It’s imperative that employees download and install only business applications necessary for work on company-issued mobile devices.
Be careful when connecting to public Wi-Fi networks
Emergencies may compel employees to use password-free Wi-Fi networks in hotels, airports, cafes, and other public places. Connecting to an open network can expose confidential information and sensitive company data to cybercriminals connected to the same network.
You can avoid this by providing a practical internet data plan, preferably one that includes roaming services, for remote workers. And if connecting to a public Wi-Fi network is really necessary, using a reputable virtual private network (VPN) can help protect sensitive data. A VPN creates a direct, secure connection for data from your end to your intended point on the internet.
Enable phone tracking tools
Losing a company-issued mobile device is unfortunate. Devices can be misplaced or stolen, but enabling Find My iPhone for iOS devices, GPS Phone Tracker for Android, or any device-tracking app helps users locate lost phones. Some also have the option to delete data on stolen devices. Downloading and setting up such an app takes only a few minutes and will give you peace of mind knowing that even if your phone is lost or stolen, its contents will not be compromised.
Screen SMS carefully
SMS phishing can be used to trick users into clicking malicious links. Cybercriminals send messages purporting to be from a familiar person, asking you to disclose confidential information. Should you encounter such an SMS, users can either delete it or alert the IT department. You can also block unknown senders without opening their messages.
Mobile devices are becoming more critical to operations. And with more devices open to attacks, businesses must bolster their cybersecurity efforts. Malicious actors will exploit every possible vulnerability and that includes those in unsecured smartphones and tablets. Get in touch with the team at Roebuck Technologies for comprehensive security solutions for your.